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February 12, 20205:00 PM - 8:00 PM
20 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010 United States

Smart cities and Emerging Technologies in the Building Sector

A panel discussing emerging technologies in the building and real estate sectors, and their sustainability and resiliency impacts.

The transformation of contemporary cities across the globe to truly smart cities will be central to improving urban quality of life in the decades ahead. The incorporation of sensing and other IT technology into municipal infrastructure and widespread networking of data management, part of the next wave of the Internet of Things, will be crucial to optimizing delivery of urban services, while reducing energy and resource consumption. Buildings are on the leading edge, using strategic combinations of technology to automate building management towards those key ends while better satisfying individual and user preferences.

The Sustainability in the Urban Environment Program offered at the City College of New York and TOTO USA bring together panelists to discuss about the emerging technologies in the building and real estate sectors, their sustainability and resiliency impacts, and their connection to urban infrastructure.


Rich Harris, Manager of Technical Facilities at Google

Emily Kildow, Associate Director of Sustainability at Sidewalk Labs

Ross MacWhinney, Senior Policy Advisor at the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability


Michael Bobker, Director, CUNY Building Performance Lab

Refreshments will be served at the event.

About Sustainability in the Urban Environment Program

To respond to the increasing demand for a workforce equipped to meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century, City College of New York offers the Sustainability in the Urban Environment graduate program. This innovative, interdisciplinary program draws upon emerging approaches in the disciplines of architecture, engineering, science, and social sciences.

About TOTO

TOTO has always embraced technology, pursued the highest levels of cleanliness, incorporated high aesthetic standards, protected the environment, and worked to improve people’s lifestyles. Because we continually innovate in all of these areas, TOTO has become the world standard of excellence for a quality bathroom experience.

CUNY has a legislatively mandated mission to be “of vital importance as a vehicle for the upward mobility of the disadvantaged in the City of New York … remain responsive to the needs of its urban setting … equal access and opportunity” to students, faculty and staff “from all ethnic and racial groups” and without regard to gender.